April 17, 2013 11:55 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Testimony has concluded for the first phase of a high-stakes trial over the deadly 2010 rig explosion that led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier didn't rule Wednesday on any claims in the litigation after BP PLC wrapped up its... more »
April 16, 2013 5:25 PM
DENVER (AP) - Democrats who came to Denver hoping for a new era of oil and gas oversight this year are having to settle for partial victories taking on the state's most powerful industry. The state Senate planned to vote Tuesday evening on a bill to study how gas and... more »
April 12, 2013 10:22 AM
Some state lawmakers want tighter regulations on the oil and gas industry in Colorado. There are several bills being considered in the legislature. One of those proposals is to increase fine minimums from $1,000 to $15,000 for everyday a violation exists. The fines have been in place since the 1950's.... more »
January 15, 2013 7:01 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - As part of a work session, members of the Colorado Springs City Council are hearing presentations from representatives of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to get a better understanding of their power to regulate drilling within the city.
The COGCC established new rules... more »
January 5, 2013 11:00 AM
DENVER (AP) - Groups representing Colorado's oil and gas industry, farmers, ranchers and homebuilders are trying to block people who live near drilling sites from testifying at state rulemaking hearings next week. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is holding the hearings starting Monday on new proposed drilling rules.... more »
November 19, 2012 1:54 PM
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The northwestern Colorado town of Hayden won't let a Wyoming energy company use existing roads to reach well sites in rural areas. Steamboat Today reports that the town council denied a request from Casper-based True Oil to bring heavy trucks and oil rig equipment through... more »
November 17, 2012 7:58 AM
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - After deferring plans to lease 30,000 acres for oil and gas development in the North Fork Valley, the federal government is going ahead with plans to lease parcels on two-thirds of that acreage. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Friday that following further analysis,... more »
November 13, 2012 8:45 AM
DENVER (AP) - Several Colorado communities are rallying against a measure approved by Longmont voters banning oil and gas drilling in their city. Officials in Aurora, Commerce City, Denver, Fort Collins, Lafayette and Louisville are fighting similar bans. They plan to hold a rally Tuesday at the state Capitol. Colorado... more »
August 26, 2012 4:03 PM
The federal government says oil and gas operators continue to evacuate offshore platforms and rigs in Tropical Storm Isaac's likely path through the Gulf of Mexico. The bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says 39 production platforms and eight drilling rigs have been evacuated.
That's about 6.5 percent of the... more »
March 30, 2012 8:25 PM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Shell Oil is one step closer to drilling offshore from Alaska's northern coasts this summer. The Environmental Protection Agency's appeals board on Friday denied petitions to review the air permit for its drilling ship Kulluk. Federal authorities earlier denied review petitions for Shell's other ship, the... more »
March 8, 2012 6:11 AM
HOUSTON (AP) - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says that like most governors, he prefers state regulation of oil and gas drilling to federal regulation. At an energy industry conference Wednesday in Houston, Hickenlooper said states can create regulations that are less onerous but more effective than blanket regulations that come... more »
March 3, 2012 10:02 PM
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Shell Oil Co. has broken ground on its first project on land leased from the federal government for oil shale research. Carolyn Tucker of Shell said Thursday that the company continues to make "significant progress" on its oil shale project, which until now has occurred... more »
February 28, 2012 1:44 PM
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Chevron Corp. is giving up its experimental oil shale lease in northwest Colorado, saying it wants to free up its resources for other priorities. Company spokesman Cary Baird told the Grand Junction Sentinel that the company is working with the Bureau of Land Management to... more »
February 18, 2012 11:28 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Ultra Resources is moving ahead on its plans for drilling in El Paso County. The AP reports crews started work Friday on an access road that will lead to the first drilling site in the county, and a drilling rig is expected to pop up... more »
February 7, 2012 8:26 AM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado sportsmen are backing proposed federal rules of public disclosure of fluids used in oil and gas drilling. Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development is calling on the Bureau of Land Management to make sure water, fish and wildlife are protected when oil and gas wells are developed... more »
February 6, 2012 8:51 PM
Gas prices have shot up 8 cents in the last week. We're now averaging $2.99 a gallon. A local petroleum company believes the prices at the pump will continue to rise, especially with the US Embassy closing operations in Syria today. "Anytime you have any sort of trouble in the... more »
December 26, 2011 11:15 PM
As shoppers continue to crowd malls and spend money all over Southern Colorado, there's at least one welcome sight in some places, gas under $3.00 a gallon. "I just had a flashback because they had said that it would never go under $3.00 ever again." said Danny Trujillo as he... more »
November 27, 2011 2:24 PM
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A Western Slope company that disposes wastewater from oil and gas companies has filed for bankruptcy.
The Daily Sentinel reports De Beque-area Black Mountain Recycling filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month. The move came two weeks after a judge granted receivership to the... more »
September 20, 2011 8:14 AM
WATONGA, Okla. (AP) - Authorities in Blaine County say an oil rig that exploded near Watonga and forced the evacuation of several homes caused no injuries.
Blaine County Sheriff's dispatcher C.J. Woulard said Tuesday morning that the fire was still burning - but no injuries were reported.
County... more »
September 16, 2011 5:33 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Colorado parks commissioners have given tentative approval to a plan to open a state park to oil and gas drilling.
The commission voted Thursday to let an energy company drill in St. Vrain State Park north of Denver. Drilling could begin next year.
... more »
August 22, 2011 8:28 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - If the rebel capture of the capital, Tripoli, holds and leader Moammar Gadhafi is overthrown, analysts say oil prices around the world should start falling.
It could be several months before the full effect is felt but it may have already started. Brent crude fell... more »
August 16, 2011 8:02 PM
An oil boom is underway in our state but the drilling methods to reach it have many landowners concerned. The massive Niobrara oil shale deposit covers an area that begins near Colorado Springs and stretches north into Wyoming. It's buried 2 miles below the ground level and about a mile... more »
August 12, 2011 8:24 PM
Believe it or not, price per barrel of crude oil is about the same as it was in 2009 -- anywhere from $83 to $85 dollars says University of Colorado at Colorado Springs economist Fred Crowley -- but the price at the pump is $0.30 = $0.40 cents higher.
... more »
August 8, 2011 6:09 AM
DALLAS (AP) - Texas billionaire Charles Wyly, whose family has given millions of dollars to Republican causes and Dallas arts projects, has died in western Colorado.
The Colorado State Patrol says Wyly was turning onto a highway near Aspen when his Porsche was hit by a sport utility vehicle... more »
June 28, 2011 5:36 AM
DENVER (AP) - Rep. Mike Coffman has introduced legislation to streamline the process for getting oil and gas drilling permits on leases of federal land.
The trade groups Western Energy Alliance and Colorado Oil and Gas Association support the Colorado Republican's bill.
The Bureau of Land Management has... more »
June 9, 2011 11:57 AM
ATLANTA (AP) - Environmental groups are asking a federal appeals court to throw out a U.S. government decision to approve a Shell oil exploration plan that involves five proposed wells under more than 7,000 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation... more »
May 27, 2011 1:42 PM
HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 17 to 1,847 this week from a week ago. Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 958 rigs were exploring for oil and 881 for gas. Eight were listed as miscellaneous.... more »
May 8, 2011 4:34 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - Several factors combined this week to stem the rapid rise in gasoline prices and analysts say they should gradually start going the other way.
By summer, they could be down as much as 50 cents a gallon, but experts warn that the drops won't happen... more »
May 3, 2011 11:45 PM
Gas prices are up once again. Right now we are paying the most we've ever paid during springtime. In Colorado Springs and Pueblo a gallon of regular has jumped up 56 cents since February according to AAA. "It's terrible. It's like another monthly bill." says Erica as she filled up... more »
April 25, 2011 11:56 AM
DENVER (AP) - The Bureau of Land Management plans a series of hearings in the West on the impacts of oil shale development. The hearings begin Tuesday in Utah after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar decided to take a fresh look at a federal oil shale plan that was released in... more »
April 24, 2011 3:55 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Oil and gas leases over the Niobrara shale formation in western Nebraska are in high demand.
Richard Endacott of the Nebraska Bureau of Educational Lands & Funds says the board's last two lease auctions have been the most lucrative in its history. They brought in... more »
April 1, 2011 12:27 PM
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper is backing hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas drilling. But he says companies should disclose what chemicals they use in their fracturing fluids.
Hickenlooper made the comments Thursday during a visit to Glenwood Springs. Fracturing fluid is mostly sand and water... more »
March 8, 2011 11:29 PM
It seems every week you're paying more at the pump. One of the worst areas hit, a gas station in Florida near the Orlando International Airport. The price? Try $5.39 for a gallon of regular! Here in Southern Colorado it's not as bad, but we've still seen an increase over... more »
February 9, 2011 10:18 AM
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A freshman lawmaker from Grand Junction wants to add more people with industry experience to the panel that regulates oil and gas drilling in Colorado.
Republican Rep. Ray Scott introduced a bill Monday that would return the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to... more »
February 4, 2011 7:35 AM
DENVER (AP)-The Colorado Oil and Gas Association said Thursday it is withdrawing its lawsuit challenging Colorado oil and gas rules that took effect in 2009.
Industry officials had said the rules, aimed at balancing development with protections for human health and the environment, were among the country's most restrictive.... more »
February 2, 2011 7:28 AM
DENVER (AP)-The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is reviewing whether companies have injected fluids containing diesel fuel into the ground to help extract oil and gas in Colorado.
On Monday, congressional Democrats, including Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette, said they found that from 2005 to 2009, companies have injected... more »
January 31, 2011 7:48 PM
Any trip to the pump lately likely hasn't been cheap. Oil prices are once again going up. "The market showed that it went up substantially on Friday, about $3.70 a barrel." explains Harlan Ochs, President of Acorn Petroleum in Colorado Springs.
Part of that rise can be attributed to... more »
January 31, 2011 5:04 PM
Rep. Doug Lamborn is chairman of the House Energy and Minerals Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee.
As unrest grows in Egypt, concerns have been raised in Rep. Lamborn's field of expertise. His office issued the following statement today:
"With political and civil unrest in other areas of... more »
January 17, 2011 5:09 PM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Oil is once again flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline after a weekend shutdown to repair a leak at a North Slope pump station.
Michelle Egan, spokeswoman for the Alyeska Service Pipeline Co., says oil began flowing Monday morning. She says the goal for the next... more »
December 21, 2010 12:07 PM
What should you do with that oil you used to cook the Christmas turkey?
Don't pour it down the drain. Instead recycle it. Pueblo residents may drop off that used oil at three locations:
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 2313 S. Prairie Ave.
Southern Colorado Services &... more »
November 24, 2010 1:05 PM
Pueblo residents have a way to get rid of that used cooking oil after Thanksgiving, without causing problems to their sewer drains. Just recycle it.
City and county residents can drop off their used cooking oil, including fats, oils and grease (vegetable and animal) at no cost from November... more »
November 22, 2010 12:26 PM
From Spain, Italy, the Middle East and even California come olive oil options for those with discriminating tastes. The Olive Tap in Manitou Springs has made pleasing the palate a business.
Owner Rick Petrocelly has made the place a tasting emporium. How about, "A lemon and pomegranate or an... more »
October 20, 2010 8:13 AM
The crude has stopped gushing and coastlines are largely clear of the thick goo that washed ashore for months, but the impact of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history will linger for years.
Six months after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion, the environment and economy of... more »
October 19, 2010 8:17 AM
BP's new chief executive has told the oil company's employees that their performance on safety issues will be the sole measure for awarding fourth-quarter bonuses.
Chief Executive Bob Dudley said in a statement to workers that this was intended to reinforce the message that the company's top priorities are... more »
October 19, 2010 8:09 AM
Scientists say that six months after the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, damage to the Gulf of Mexico is less dramatic than some had predicted.
In an informal Associated Press survey, 35 researchers who study the Gulf lowered their rating of its ecological health by several points.... more »
October 13, 2010 7:16 PM
DENVER (AP) - The Bureau of Land Management says it has completed its review of three nominations for oil shale research leases on federal land in Colorado and Utah and is forwarding them to state offices for the next phase of review.
BLM Director Bob Abbey said Wednesday that... more »
October 12, 2010 8:32 PM
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is lifting the ban on deep water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The former U.S. Senator from Colorado spoke about the issue as he kicked off a national renewable energy tour on Tuesday. His first stop was the Vestas wind tower factory in... more »
October 12, 2010 1:35 PM
Citing "significant process" in the safety of future drilling operations, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar ha lifted the deep water drilling moratorium. This affects rigs drilling in 500 feet of water or more. Each company will have to certify that it has complied with all safety rules and regulations.... more »
October 1, 2010 3:49 PM
Once a backwater in the world of oceanographic research, the Gulf of Mexico has suddenly become the site of a scientific gold rush, all because of the BP oil spill.
The environmental disaster represents a once-in-a-generation research opportunity that has oceanographers salivating. There's big money - $500 million from... more »
September 20, 2010 6:37 AM
Battlement Mesa residents are awaiting a report on the health effects of oil and gas drilling.
Environmental and health officials planned to release a draft Monday of the study on the proposal by Antero Resources to drill up to 200 wells near Parachute.
Residents in the community of... more »
September 17, 2010 3:37 PM
Oil giant BP says crews have begun pumping cement to permanently seal the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico.
A spokesman said Friday there no longer is a need to use mud in tandem with the cement because pressure from the well isn't an issue. BP expects... more »
September 17, 2010 9:24 AM
Forecasters say Hurricane Karl has grown into a major storm today as it takes aim at Mexico's Gulf Coast near ports and oil installations.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Karl has grown with surprising speed into a powerful Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds near 120... more »
September 15, 2010 10:34 AM
The Obama administration is seeking tighter oversight of the nation's pipelines and stronger penalties for violations of pipeline safety rules after a deadly explosion in California.
The legislation was submitted to Congress Wednesday by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The proposal follows several major pipeline accidents.
A Pacific Gas... more »
September 8, 2010 9:38 AM
Oil giant BP said in an internal report released Wednesday - before a key piece of evidence has been analyzed - that multiple companies and work teams contributed to the massive Gulf of Mexico spill that fouled waters and shorelines for months.
In its 193-page report posted on its... more »
September 3, 2010 9:02 AM
A company official says the incident aboard a Mariner Energy oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico is considered a fire, not an explosion.
The Coast Guard says there was no leak, and no one was killed.
The Coast Guard initially reported that an oil sheen a mile... more »
September 3, 2010 8:28 AM
BP says it has so far spent $8 billion responding to the disastrous oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.
The company said Friday that the total included $399 million paid to settle 127,000 claims from businesses and other affected by the oil spill.
The oil company... more »
September 2, 2010 2:12 PM
The Coast Guard is saying that a mile-long oil sheen is spreading from the site off an offshore petroleum platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.
The site of the explosion is west of where BP's massive spill occurred.
The Coast Guard said no one... more »
September 2, 2010 11:45 AM
An offshore oil rig has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, west of the site of the April blast that caused the massive oil spill.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel says the blast was reported by a commercial helicopter company about 9:30 a.m. CDT Thursday. Seven helicopters, two... more »
September 1, 2010 3:49 PM
Dozens of turtles that were once covered with oil, are now back home in the Gulf of Mexico.
A rehabilitation center released 42 Kemps Ridleys turtles this week. They were among the first victims of the gulf oil spill. 3
The Kemps Ridleys are the most endangered turtles... more »
August 27, 2010 12:55 PM
The federal government said it will start work Monday to remove the temporary cap that stopped oil from gushing out of BP's blown-out Gulf well so that engineers can raise a key piece of equipment from the seabed.
Thad Allen, the government's point man for the spill response, told... more »
August 27, 2010 8:19 AM
An Associated Press analysis finds some places have done pretty well since the Gulf oil spill while others have been hit by a double-whammy.
The worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history has spurred something of an economic boom in some communities where cleanup operations are based. But other... more »
August 24, 2010 3:31 PM
A newly discovered type of oil-eating microbe suddenly is flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico and gobbling up the BP spill at a much faster rate than expected, scientists reported Tuesday.
Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of gallons of oil spilled since... more »
August 18, 2010 9:59 AM
More than a month after oil stopped spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, big questions remain about where it is.
Scientists who've just finished a cursory examination of the Gulf are disputing government claims that half the leaked oil is completely gone from the ecosystem.
They've been looking... more »
August 17, 2010 11:07 PM
A spokesman for EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) says the energy company has filed a plea agreement with the federal government in allegations that it is responsible for the deaths of migratory birds in Wyoming and Colorado. EnCana spokesman Doug Hock said Tuesday the company agreed to a plan that... more »
August 16, 2010 6:26 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Georgia scientists say their analysis shows that most of that BP oil the government said was gone from the Gulf of Mexico is still there.
The scientists say as much as 80 percent of the oil still lurks under the surface. The Georgia team said it... more »
August 13, 2010 8:11 AM
Sometime later today, officials are expected to deliver the verdict on whether BP's problem oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is permanently plugged.
Test results will determine if the BP gusher has been sealed well enough to declare the operation complete. National Incident Commander Thad Allen says the... more »
August 12, 2010 10:06 PM
We could know by tomorrow whether BP's broken oil well has been plugged for good. Officials will decide whether further work to seal the well is needed. If so, crews will go ahead with drilling relief wells to allow for a so-called bottom kill. more »
August 10, 2010 11:56 AM
As crews try to finish up the work that they hope will seal a blown-out oil well for good, they're keeping an eye on the weather in the Gulf of Mexico.
Forecasters say a cluster of thunderstorms in the eastern Gulf could pass near the oil spill site. The... more »
August 9, 2010 11:15 AM
Officials working on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are watching a cluster of storms over Florida that could develop into a tropical disturbance.
The government point man on the oil spill, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said Monday he is not currently planning to suspend... more »
August 9, 2010 8:41 AM
BP may have the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico permanently sealed this week. Engineers plan to intersect the damaged well with a relief well that they're still drilling - 20 to 30 feet at a time.
Then they'll be able to pump mud and cement into... more »
August 5, 2010 8:20 AM
BP officials say they plan to begin forcing cement down the blown-out Gulf oil well today. The announcement came last night shortly after their plan was approved by the federal official in charge of the oil spill.
The company plans to shove cement down from pipes attached to ships... more »
August 3, 2010 9:15 AM
Seafood from some parts of the oil-fouled Gulf of Mexico has been declared safe to eat by the government, based in part on human smell tests. But even some Gulf fishermen are questioning whether the fish and shrimp are OK to feed to their own families.
Some are turning... more »
August 2, 2010 8:20 AM
Today could be the beginning of sealing up BP's blown-out oil well for good.
Engineers in the Gulf of Mexico hope to begin shoving mud through lines installed last month straight down the throat of the leaky well. If mud forces the oil back into the massive underground reservoir... more »
July 30, 2010 8:19 AM
A Canadian company at the center of a huge oil spill in Michigan has a history of pipeline problems, including leaks, an explosion and dozens of regulatory violations.
Enbridge Inc. or its affiliates have been cited for 30 enforcement actions since 2002 by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety... more »
July 23, 2010 9:30 AM
Western Colorado residents who say they're already getting sick from odors from natural gas operations are worried about the effects of 200 more wells proposed for the area.
Residents gathered Wednesday in Battlement Mesa to air complaints about nausea, dizziness, coughing and burning eyes they say are caused by... more »
July 22, 2010 8:05 AM
Crew members aboard dozens of ships in the Gulf of Mexico are preparing to evacuate as a tropical rainstorm brewing in the Caribbean brings the deep-sea effort to plug BP's ruptured oil well to a near standstill.
Though the rough weather is hundreds of miles from the spill site... more »